Macquarie takes DSL offering to heavy hitters

New carrier licence holder Macquarie Corporate Telecommunications will begin operations of a DSL (digital subscriber line) service for large companies in January next year.

Glen Noble, senior manager data networks for Macquarie, said the company will offer both ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) and HDSL (high-data-rate DSL).

"I think suppliers have been building up connectivity for the home Internet user and residential customers, but not for [large companies], so we saw an opportunity there."

David Tudehope, Macquarie's chief executive officer, said enterprises have very different requirements to small business and residential users. "With large volumes of mission- critical data, [enterprises] require fast transmission rates both to and from users. One-way bandwidth is not enough."

Noble said six customers were currently trialling the service and that the company had been using the service for more than six months. Beta testing will continue until Christmas with a commercial service available from January 2001.

Macquarie will be offering service level agreements (SLAs) with its DSL packages. Noble said: "Our SLA will offer guarantees of speed throughput and availability at 99.9 per cent, as a stake in the ground."

Noble said the company had put off acquiring a carrier licence for a few years, but thought it would help in the deployment of DSL.

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